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  • Writer's pictureArnold Schroder

#39: Destroying the World Destroyers

(12/27/2021) Because it couldn't possibly be more clear that existing political systems are committed to behaviors that will cause our extinction, one has to ask: can we just sabotage the fossil fuel economy out of existence? In this episode, we assess three answers to that question, and the underlying psychologies that produce them. One, the fossil fuel industry's, or in any case their proxies in the field of security studies. Two, the mainstream climate movement's, albeit a unique faction of it, represented by the Andreas Malm book How to Blow Up a Pipeline. Finally, the radical environmental movement's, as represented by a literature review I wrote in 2016. In the end, we'll see how worldview and tactics/strategy are deeply related, and how the climate justice narrative doesn't motivate the same confrontational behavior as the radical environmental narrative.

Bibliography for episode 39:

Brown, G., et al. (2005) Analyzing the Vulnerability of Critical Infrastructure to Attack and Planning Defenses. Tutorials in Operations Research.

Cohen, A., et al. (2011) Coordinated Terrorist Attacks on Global Energy Infrastructure: Modeling the Risks. Heritage Foundation Special Report.

Davies, P. (2013) Busting Bottlenecks in the Bakken. FedGazette. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Franks, D., et al. (2014) Conflict translates environmental and social risks into business costs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(21).

Giannopoulos, G., et al. (2012) Risk assessment methodologies for Critical Infrastructure Protection. Part I: State of the Art. European Commission Joint Research Committee Technical Research Notes.

Giroux, J., et al. (2013) Research Note on the Energy Infrastructure Attack Database (EIAD). Perspectives on Terrorism vol. 7 no. 6.

Institute for the Analysis of Global Security. (2008) Attacks on Iraqi oil pipelines, oil installations, and oil personnel. Iraq Pipeline Watch.

Iyengar, R. & Monten, J. (2008) Is There an Emboldenment Effect? Evidence from the Insurgency in Iraq. gar/insurgency.pdf

Koknar, A. (2009) The Epidemic of Energy Terrorism. In Gal Luft and Anne Korin, eds. Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century. Praeger Security International.

Malm, A. (2021) How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Learning to Fight in a World on Fire. Verso Books.

McBay, A. (2011) Decisive Ecological Warfare. In Lierre Kieth, Aric McBay, and Derrick Jensen, eds. Deep Green Resistance. Seven Stories Press.

Oil Change International and Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. 2014. Material Risks: How Public Accountability Is Slowing Down the Tar Sands.

Steinhäusler, F., et al. (2008) Security Risks to the Oil and Gas Industry: Terrorist Threats. Strategic Insights vol. 7 no. 1.

US Army Training and Doctrine Command. (2006) Critical Infrastructure Threats and Terrorism.

US Energy Information Administration. (2015) 2015 Short-Term Energy Outlook in Brief.

Williams, J. (2013) A History of Oil Supply Side and the Oil Price. Swiss National Bank.

With apologies for the lack of URLs, which apparently were lost somewhere in the difficult life of this bibliography.

Outro music courtesy of With The End In Mind:

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May 06, 2023

Awesome. Thanks friend

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